Monthly Archives: August 2013

But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.

Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there. And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.

But right now these moments are not stories. This is happening, I am here and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive, and you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song and that drive with the people you love most in this world. And in this moment I swear, we are infinite.

I watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower with my daughter. I’ve always liked coming of age movies, but I thought there were some great quotes about mindfulness in this film.


Consultation by name but not by nature

Cala Homes are building a large housing development of 2000  homes near me at  Barton Farm. This morning I received a notification regarding a proposed amendment to the permission:

Planning amendment proposal

Planning amendment proposal

 There is no meaningful information  in the letter or on the WCC website ( that a lay person could make any sense of. This makes the consultation a mockery.
As this relates to Barton Farm, presumably Winchester City Council has mailed a lot of homes with this all-but-useless information; at a time of great financial stringency.
I appreciate that WCC must comply with mandatory requirements; but surely there are ways of improving the quality of information and allowing residents to engage sensibly with the Proposal.

The Internship

I watched The Internship, on the long haul back from Spain on Brittany Ferries’ Cap Finistère.

Made with Google’s cooperation, it’s basically a PR stunt for the big G, especially the “connecting people to information” schmalz towards the end. It’s also a digital take on the outsiders making good in the end story that must go back to Carry on Sargeant or earlier.

Still, I enjoyed Stiller’s and Vaughn’s antics and how their life experience  wins round the “outliers” they are lumped with in the internship competition and turns them into winners.